Four years later: Fixed

Charlie is certainly happy to be home
Charlie is certainly happy to be home

February 22 2015 marked the fourth anniversary of “the big one”.

A month later, my parents moved back home. That’s right — the dusty skeleton of a house featured in my earlier Christchurch posts has finally been fixed.

Each time I return I’m disappointed by the (lack of) progress. The road works and rubble, the broken and empty houses, the desolate city centre; all still there.

I’m impatient, but my parents are positive.

It’s true; the cafes are busy and new places are opening every month. Ballantynes remains a destination, a sartorial saving grace. The gardens are always blooming.

That this broken city can host events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup and Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is a testament to its forebears who in 1855 decreed 165 hectares of the central city remain forever green: Hagley Park. I’ve always said: It’s Christchurch’s greatest asset.

And then I read that the Mona Vale Homestead, 1899 heritage building and wedding reception venue of my dreams, is set to reopen in mid 2016.

When I asked mum how the move was going, she said it felt like they’d never been away.

“Unpacking is easy,” she said. “Even the pantry layout hasn’t changed.”

Great — I’ll know where to find the stash of chocolate, then.

Chch – a backwards glance

I meant to post these photos last year, after I took them in October.

A weekend trip to Christchurch made me realise they’ll soon be irrelevant.

Diggers are nibbling, everywhere. The Christchurch rebuild is like fingernail growth.

I cling to the city’s constants: the people, the gardens, Ballantynes.

Update me. Are my pictures history?

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9752847/Christchurch-pauses-to-remember